Paula L. Woods

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Paula L Woods (born 1953 in Los Angeles[1]) is an African-American crime novelist. Her 1999 novel, Inner City Blues, won the Macavity Award for best first mystery[2] and was followed by other novels featuring its heroine, L.A. policewoman Charlotte Justice. She has also edited an anthology of African-American crime and suspense literature, and co-edited some other African American collections with her husband, Felix Liddell.

Crime fiction novels[edit]

  • Inner City Blues (1999)
  • Stormy Weather (2001)
  • Dirty Laundry (2003)
  • Strange Bedfellows (2006) ISBN 0345457021


  • Spooks, Spies and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime and Suspense Fiction of the 20th Century (1995)
  • With Felix H. Liddell:
  • Merry Christmas, Baby: A Christmas and Kwanzaa Treasury (1996)
  • I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Their Love (1994)
  • I, Too Sing America: the African American Book of Days (1992)


  1. ^ page 240, Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd Ed. by Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, 2007, publ. Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33428-5
  2. ^ Janet A. Rudolph (2011). "Macavity Awards". Mystery Readers International Macavity Awards. Mystery Readers International. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 

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